Here are some initiatives the DVBIA has been working on during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the midst of our world being turned upside down these past few weeks, the DVBIA has pivoted our programming across the board—from community safety to placemaking to economic development—in order to be more responsive to the needs of our members. Have a look at some of the initiatives we’ve been working on lately.
- We created a COVID-19 resource page to house the many updates and resources that cover everything from virtual events to government announcements.
- Looking for some takeout in the downtown core? We’ve compiled a list of restaurants currently offering delivery and takeout options, and continue to update it on a weekly basis.
- Financial relief and a business recovery plan are just a few of the many things we’ve advocated for at the municipal level recently. See all letters related COVID-19 within the 2020 tab of our advocacy section.
- Understanding that community safety was a top priority for our members in these challenging circumstances, we acted quickly to ensure that our district had extra eyes and ears on the street when most needed. Our overnight mobile patrols operate from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. We also collaborated with the VPD to compile a list of safety tips to help protect our member businesses.
- Although we wish that we could connect in-person, it’s simply not safe right now. To maintain a feeling of connectedness and community, we share our “top-ten” virtual events, many of which are hosted by our members and festival partners.
- The boarded-up storefronts are necessary for the time being, but they’re not exactly nice to look at. In order to brighten up the downtown core, and to continue supporting our amazing local artists, the DVBIA partnered with Vancouver Mural Fest and our neighboring business improvement associations to paint colourful, inspiring murals on the plywood. Read more about the project here:
- We missed hearing our downtown buskers so much that we decided to continue our busker program virtually! Our placemaking team organized “Downtown Sounds”, a weekly spotlight on some of our favourite musicians who often grace Granville Street with their melodic presence. A new video is recorded and shared each week on our social channels.
- Each quarter we would typically host a Roundtable “lunch and learn” style event to share information and resources with our members. Since we’re not sure when we’ll all be able to get together in-person again, we’re proud to present our weekly webinars series, “DVBIA Members Helping Members”, which touches on the topics that are most pressing to you and your business right now. Check out our schedule and register for the next event today!
- We’re partnering with local restaurants for “Takeout to Help Out”, a campaign that gives a $10 gift card to anyone spending $20 or more at participating restaurants on April 24th. Our restaurants are such an essential part of our downtown community, and we hope that this promotion will generate more food traffic and help remind people to continue supporting local business.
- In order to stay on top of the plethora of resources and information available about COVID-19, we partnered with BIV for the month of April to sponsor their daily “Coping with COVID-19” podcast series. Every day they speak with industry experts about the ever-evolving situation, helping share insight on a diverse range of topics. And our very own Charles Gauthier was a guest, speaking about how our businesses downtown will start to re-open when the time is right.